Addiction is a chronic condition, and not surprisingly, people who are in recovery relapse to their dysfunctional behaviors at a rate similar to that seen in other people who have chronic conditions. For example, the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that 30 to 50 percent of people who have type 1 diabetes relapse to poor eating or poor exercise habits. Similarly, 40 to 60 percent of people who have drug addiction relapse to drug use. Relapse is just part of the package when a chronic condition is in play. But people who relapse don’t awaken one morning and simply choose to return to their old ways. Instead, they tend to follow a set of reasonable, measurable steps that lead them from sobriety to relapse.
Knowing what these stages are, and learning how to spot the self in this progression, could help someone in recovery to stay sober.
This article will outline the stages of relapse outlined by Terry Gorski in 2001. If you spot your symptoms on this checklist, we urge you to contact us to find out more about how treatment might help you to recover.
If you’re in this particular phase, you might experience:
If you’re caught in this phase, you might be dealing with:
If you’re in this part of the relapse process, you’re likely dealing with:
When the pain rises and rises, with no relief in sight, a relapse to drug use can seem reasonable or even inevitable. At this point, you might:
Seeing yourself on this checklist may not be easy, and it might make you worry about your future. While being concerned is always a good idea, it’s important to remember that relapses don’t have to end in tragedy. In fact, there’s a great deal that you can learn from a movement to relapse, and sometimes you might even be able to prevent a full-blown relapse by just being honest about what you’re seeing and what you’d like to do about it.
We’d like to help. Please call us, no matter where you are on this relapse checklist.
Our admissions coordinators are available to help connect you with an appropriate treatment program that can help. The call is confidential, and it could make all the difference. We hope you’ll reach out.